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MEDIA ADVISORY | Health and Housing in West-Central Ottawa: The Facts on Rooming Houses

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ottawa, November 28, 2016 – A new report by Somerset West Community Health Centre and Centretown Community Health Centre shows that rooming houses in Ottawa often fail to meet minimum standards for safety, affordability and maintenance.  

As Community Health Centres, we believe everyone in Ottawa deserves safe, affordable housing. Rooming houses are a necessary form of housing, but these conditions represent a potentially harmful environment for tenants who are already marginalized.

The report will be launched tomorrow:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
9:00 AM
Ottawa City Hall – Colonel By Room (2nd Floor) 
110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa

The report calls upon the City of Ottawa, landlords and the Government of Ontario to take immediate action to improve living conditions in rooming houses.


  • Simone Thibault, Executive Director, Centretown Community Health Centre 
  • Joanna BinchNurse Practitioner and Rooming House Outreach, Somerset West Community Health Centre
  • Mike Bulthuis, Executive Director, Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
  • Catherine McKenney, City Councillor for Somerset Ward 


The Somerset West Community Health Centre and the Centretown Community Health Centre are local non-profit, community-governed organizations that provide health and social services to the residents of Centretown and the Somerset Ward. We believe everyone matters and everyone should have the opportunity to access the resources they need to be healthy.

To schedule an interview, please contact:

Valérie Levert-Gagnon 
Communications Officer, Centretown Community Health Centre 
613-233-4443, ext. 2496

Tess Frémont-Côté 
Communications Officer, Somerset West Community Health Centre 
613-238-8210, ext. 2267

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